Estonia secured 1-2 finish at the youth cyber competition
Last weekend, two Estonian teams won the Magic CTF, an online cyber defence competition organised in the US. 19 Estonian teams and 300 young people from all over the world took part in the capture-the-flag cyber security competition.
The competition consisted of solving various tasks, answering questions like ‘who is the creator of Linux’, and analysing the computer system to identify from which address the virus attacked.
The team who won first place consisted of (Tallinn Secondary School of Science), (Gustav Adolf Grammar School), (University of Tartu), and (Gustav Adolf Grammar School). The team from Viljandi Gymnasium with a student from TalTech, consisting of , , , and (TalTech / Defence Forces), won second place. Other Estonian teams also ranked high – they got the 6th, 9th, and 15th place.
One of the organisers of the competition, Birgy Lorenz, a researcher at the Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, said that Estonia participated in the competition from three institutions: TalTech’s School of Information Technologies, Viljandi Vocational Training Centre, and Paide Hammerbeck Basic School, where young people and their tutors travelled all over Estonia. ‘In spring, we announced that Estonian heroes had won first place and had the opportunity to create new tasks for the competition. This time, however, Estonia managed to get first and second place,’ Lorenz said.
Lorenz added that participating in the competition is very important and beneficial for Estonia: firstly, we get to know the situation of young people of the same age in the world, and secondly, the competition filled the gap between KüberPähkel, which is meant for beginners, and KüberNaaskel, which is meant for advanced participants.
The competition is hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory. The participation of young Estonians in the competition was supported by Estonian Internet Foundation, HITSA IT Academy, Ministry of Defence, TalTech, and Viljandi Vocational Training Centre.